Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios provided a straight honest answer when asked if he had aimed to hit world No. Rafael Nadal during their Wimbledon second round clash. The 24-year-old slammed a shot just above the Spaniard in the second set before he did the same a set later, this time more precisely, but nothing serious happened as Nadal -- who looked clearly unhappy afterwards -- managed to get his racket on the ball.
18-time Grand Slam champion Nadal was tested heavily by the Australian but he came up big when needed most as he claimed a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3) to set up a third round meeting against Jo Wilfried Tsonga. "I was going for him.
Yeah, I wanted to hit him square in the chest. Like, he's got decent hands," Kyrgios admitted post-match, per the ATP. "Why would I apologise? I mean, the dude has got how many slams, how much money in the bank account? "I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro.
I'm not going to apologise to him at all." After his win over Kyrgios, Nadal kept it classy as he said the Australian has a potential to become a Grand Slam champion one day. "I know what I'm capable of.
Just depends. I'm a great tennis player, but I don't do the other stuff," Kyrgios confessed. "I'm not the most professional guy. I won't train day in, day out. I won't show up every day. So there's a lot of things I need to improve on to get to that level that Rafa brings, Novak (Djokovic), Roger (Federer) have been doing for so long. "Just depends how bad I want it. But, no, at the moment I don't think I can contend for a Grand Slam."